Latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention News

CDC extends cruise line health rules until mid-January

Oct. 25, 2021 19:15 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health officials on Monday extended for nearly three more months its rules that cruise ships must follow to sail during the pandemic. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the extension makes only “minor modifications” to...

Maine CDC investigating tainted crabmeat linked to illness

Oct. 25, 2021 11:33 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine health authorities are investigating several cases of food poisoning in connection with tainted crabmeat from a Deer Isle company. The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention said five cases of salmonellosis are associated with...

Maine warns of ticks amid record year for babesiosis

Oct. 24, 2021 17:10 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Health authorities in Maine are warning residents of a second peak in tick activity in the state this fall. Many people associate deer ticks with summer, but they peak again from late September to November, the Maine Center for Disease Control and...

Georgia says health departments to offer COVID-19 boosters

Oct. 23, 2021 12:22 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia officials say local health departments will begin offering more COVID-19 vaccine booster shots on Tuesday, following guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The state Department of Public Health announced Friday that...

Aromatherapy spray linked to US deaths faces recall

Oct. 22, 2021 20:22 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. health officials may have solved the mystery of how four people in different states came down with a serious tropical disease even though none had traveled internationally: an aromatherapy spray imported from India. The Centers for Disease Control...

EXPLAINER: Is it time to get a COVID-19 booster? Which one?

Oct. 22, 2021 12:18 PM EDT

Millions more Americans just became eligible for COVID-19 boosters, but figuring out who's eligible and when can be confusing. And adding to the challenge is that this time around, people can choose a different brand of vaccine for that extra dose. A number of factors,...

Reported COVID-19 infections surpass 100,000 in Maine

Oct. 22, 2021 09:11 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The number of reported COVID-19 infections since the start of the pandemic has surpassed 100,000 in Maine. Maine has faced a lower burden of COVID-19 cases than states with similar populations, such as Rhode Island and Montana. Vermont and Hawaii...

COVID vaccine: CDC expands booster rollout, OKs mixing shots

Oct. 21, 2021 21:08 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Millions more Americans can get a COVID-19 booster and choose a different company’s vaccine for that next shot, federal health officials said Thursday. Certain people who received Pfizer vaccinations months ago already are eligible for a booster and...

CDC sending team to Guam to study COVID-19 deaths

Oct. 21, 2021 16:57 PM EDT

HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will send a team to Guam to investigate why so many COVID-19 patients arrive at the island's hospitals dead. Last month, the U.S. territory's Department of Public Health and Social Services...

US salmonella outbreak tied to onions sickens more than 650

Oct. 21, 2021 09:58 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A salmonella outbreak tied to onions has sickened more than 650 people in 37 states, U.S. health officials said. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said at least 129 people have been hospitalized. No one has died. Nearly all of the illnesses...